The depressive state is probably familiar to everyone to one degree or another. But what is depression and where does it come from? Depression is nothing more than a mental disorder. Its characteristic features: motor retardation, impaired thinking (in the negative direction), anhedonia (loss of the ability to feel joy) and, of course, a complete drop in mood.
Habitual activity ceases to interest a person, his self-esteem is clearly lowered. Meanwhile, the depressive state, as a rule, sneaks up on us unnoticed. They did not increase their salary, the constant lack of sleep affects, got into a traffic jam, the weather is terrible, and then he quarreled with family or friends.
The onset of depression with this combination of events is largely assured. Coloring the world black begins with a feeling of overwork, however, if you get up on the wrong foot again in the morning, then there is a rather big risk that the quagmire of hopelessness and lack of a positive attitude will begin to tighten deeper and deeper.
The next stage may be the lack of desire to do anything and generally participate in this life. Pains in the head, heart (other organs), general malaise and weakness are often added to indifference to everything around them.
"Why do I live?" - the person asks himself, but does not find at least some reasonable answer to his question. If he has an idea to put an end to his "meaningless" state, then in this case, medical help is already needed.
In the modern world, the problem of depression is becoming more and more urgent. Physicians even called our century "the century of melancholy".
Treating depression is more difficult than preventing it. The following tips will help you avoid depression or eliminate its negative manifestations (if it does overtake you).
Get plenty of sleep. Insomnia is almost always a companion of a depressive state. And sleep in itself is an excellent healer for a variety of ailments. Remember to ventilate the room well before bed.
Lead an active lifestyle. Avoid bouts of melancholy in the morning. Do your exercises! Believe me, even she is capable of performing miracles. Take the time to play sports. Cycling and equestrian sports, swimming, jogging, hiking - all this will suit perfectly. Any mental stress is perfectly relieved by physical exercises. If active rest was not uncommon for you before, then try to practice almost to the point of exhaustion.
Avoid being sedentary. If your work is related to mental work, then try to alternate it with physical activity anyway. On the weekend, work as much as you can in your summer cottage, such work will only bring pleasure, because it not only takes place in the fresh air, but also gives you, at least, "muscle joy". There will be no place for depression in your soul.
Share your experiences with someone. It is very important to speak out. If you cannot find such a person, then cry into your pillow. Tears not only bring relief, but often bring you to your senses.
Alcohol is not an antidepressant. It is a fact. Alcohol can play only a negative role, and often becomes a factor that leads a person to the idea of committing suicide.
Try to live in the present. Let the past remain there, do not worry about what can no longer be changed. Do not accumulate resentment and do not be afraid of tomorrow.
A very effective method is a change of scenery. It is not so easy to get rid of depression within four walls (which, moreover, put pressure on you). If possible, then break out of the city into the village or forest. Winter in the yard? How about a ski trip?
Don't burden yourself with more work than you can do. "Work is not a wolf, it will not run away into the forest" - it is not for nothing that the Russian proverb says so. If you are already completely unbearable to work, then why not give it up and put it off for a more favorable moment in terms of mental well-being? Do not stay up late at work, because it really will not run away from you, but in the morning you will get out of bed in a good mood and will be cheerful all day.
Get creative. By creating something, you will not even notice how the depressive state leaves you. Or just read good literature, or listen to your favorite music. Diversify your life by avoiding Groundhog Days.
Avoid being alone. Remaining for a long time only alone with himself, a person becomes isolated, and his mood tends to fall and fall. Surround yourself with good people who don't have a place for depression.
Pay attention to your food. Be aware that bananas and chocolate can cheer you up as they contain endorphins. However, you shouldn't overuse chocolate, just like eating it just to improve your mood. You can earn yourself "emotional hunger" in this way, that is, every time your mood drops, you will feel the need to eat something sweet. These kinds of feasts can increase your weight. And weight gain is another reason to drive yourself into depression. But healthy eating will always be beneficial, including for mental balance is quite suitable. In no case should you refuse to eat, as well as overeat.
Depression can be a side effect of a number of medications. Before using the medication, be sure to study its side effects.
The interior has a great influence on your well-being. Create comfort in your apartment and surround yourself with beautiful things. If your room has dark wallpaper, then isn't it time to replace it with light one?
If you feel that you are overwhelmed by a depression, then under no circumstances make major decisions (for example, divorce or relocation). Get out of depression and then think about all this with a fresh mind.
Set a goal for yourself to get rid of depression and move towards that goal. Work on yourself! You will succeed!